Playful ferret! Mountain and sea view apartment (2 bed)
Hi, I'm the privileged owner of a very sweet-natured, playful ferret named Molly. She was born May 2017 and needs lots of time out of her cage, she is used to a minimum of 10 hours per day, because I allow her to 'free roam' like a cat most of the time. At a minimum she is out of the cage whenever I'm home, but I often go out without locking her up. She is a very sensible little girl! At total of 2 hours of her day should be good quality playtime with you, the rest of the time you can just chill with her, she sleeps quite a lot in between play on her cushion next to the sofa. I work weekdays so she is used to being alone during the day meaning you are free to get out and explore the old town and beaches!
My apartment is central and modern, with good security (not that you need it round here)... shops are 1 minute away and the beach is ten minutes walk max.
.....I should say upfront that Molly has had some painful experiences in the hands of children who don't understand how little her bones are :-) For that reason, this is an 'adult-only' sit, although responsible teenagers should be fine I am sure! Thanks for your understanding.
Our Home & Location
I live in a south facing top floor (lift available) two bedroom apartment in central Antibes, ten minutes walk from the beach and 30 seconds from the main square, shopping, services etc. There is a large supermarket on the ground floor. There are no noise issues.
The apartment is modern, bright and has a nice long balcony overlooking French street life. The balcony has a breakfast/lunch table for 4 as well as a wicker seating/lounge area for 5 with a lower table.
There is air con and two types of heating.
The living room and bedroom 1 open out onto the balcony which has views of town life below and mountains in the distance.
Living room has a piano.
Bedroom 2 and the kitchen have large windows overlooking the sea, mountains and the Superyacht port.
There is a bathroom with bath and shower and a room with a separate toilet.
The kitchen has all mod cons including dishwasher. Please note the fridge is large but the freezer is tiny!
I have one of those robotic vacuum cleaners so you won't need to Hoover EVER!
The appartment is inside a private residence that requires 2 sets of codes to enter the gates and another code to operate the lift. You will have a key fob and not need codes!
The sun rises onto bedroom 2 and hits the balcony around 1030am, all the way through till sunset, when it drops behinds the mountains....
The apartment is not child proofed, so adults only.
Antibes is a stunning old French town with roads as old as the 10th century. It is 20 minutes by Uber or bus from the airport (Nice) and my apartment is walking distance to everything. You can take the train to Cannes (15 minutes) or the long sandy beach life of Juans les pins (5) minutes. Antibes itself has 2 main beaches and then lots of little hidden bays. The Superyacht port is interesting to visitors as it houses some of the largest yachts in the world, or you could instead visit the amazing outdoor French markets, stroll through the cobbled shopping areas, or take a walk up to the light house for stunning views from the cap.
I do have a Mini One parked downstairs and I have ticked that it's available - French insurance covers the car not the driver, so you'd be insured, however I think this is something I'd rather offer to regular sitters once I knew them, rather than on the first time, as the French roads and French drivers can be rather startling to newcomers! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
I'm ideally looking for sitters with previous experience of ferrets, although someone who is very maternal could also work well as Molly is rather like a toddler who needs lots of play, supervision and love!
Ferrets use nipping as a form of play, (your feet, not anywhere else and she doesn't nip whilst being handled) and whilst I've trained her to not nip me, she does still use her mouth to communicate to strangers, normally if she wants to play! She doesn't break skin and its infrequent but it's important that you know this about her in case that's a no go for you.
It's quite easy to train her out of nipping if you're a regular sitter, which is also what I'm looking for as I travel a lot for work.
Molly lives in her three storey cage when I'm out, and free roams the apartment when I'm home. She eats a mixture of raw (mostly chicken - and egg yolks as a treat) and cooked chicken.
When she is out of the cage you have to keep certain doors shut as the kitchen and bathroom are not ferret-proofed. You also have to stay in the same room as her or make regular checks on her, as she can get into all sorts of trouble, ferrets are very curious, mobile animals and now and again there will be a loud crash! Or she will climb a curtain... You get the picture! They aren't like cats where you can just leave them to it, so again it's important you're prepared to be available to Molly and keep your eye on her most of the time.
The good news is that ferrets sleep a lot! She will happily spend 8 hours in her cage overnight and then expend so much energy when she is let out that after a few hours she will curl up in the corner on her cushion and sleep for a while. This is the pattern of most of her days, play and sleep, play and sleep... It's not a bad life! You can pop her in her cage during the day and go out to explore.. As long as she is getting 6 hours of freedom per day it doesn't matter how you work it....
Play is interactive, ferrets are sociable and she has various interactive cat toys, squeaky mice and balls to throw etc. Molly likes nothing better than a new cardboard box to explore, or more likely, your suitcase! She is quite vocal and will make happy chuckling noises if she is having fun with you.
Molly is toilet trained and has litter trays throughout, however ferrets aren't perfect and sometimes she goes in the corner of the room instead, so cleaning little accidents is part of the deal I'm afraid! Luckily they don't smell too bad!
Molly likes to go for walks in parks on her lead, but you'd need a car to get her to the nearest one... Concrete roads and traffic are not nice for her so I don't walk her in town, just parks/countryside. It's not essential, she's quite happy at home too. + More info